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ANZAC Day 2022
ANZAC Day 2022 – rainy and cold! But an honour to attend local Hamilton area services and then march in the Brisbane City parade. My father Ted McLachlan DFC survived 32 sorties as the navigator in a Lancaster in WW2 with the RAF 15 Squadron but finished his service with RAAF 466 Squadron in a Halifax. A pleasure to march with the families of other Bomber Command veterans.
Racecourse Road parklet
What do you think about the new Parklet outside the Hamilton Library? Grab a takeaway coffee from one of the great cafes around the area and sit and read a book from the library or catch up with a friend. It is a trial for the area, so if you have any comments click the button below to email the Hamilton Office with your thoughts!
Have your say here
Northshore Hamilton project update
I have recently received an update from the State Government regarding the Northshore Hamilton – Cedar Road & MacArthur Avenue Project. This will make access to Eat Street and Northshore Hamilton easier.

MacArthur Avenue roadway, from Carpark 2 entry to the Angora Road round-about will be open to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians from Thursday 5 May 2022. I have been advised that there will still be a work zone nearby the roadway for continued works by utility providers and directional road signage devices will be in place.

The opening dates for the remaining work zone for new connecting roads - Cedar, Barcham and Karakul Roads - to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will be issued by the State Government in the coming weeks.
Breakfast Creek Green Bridge
The Breakfast Creek Green Bridge construction is set to begin mid this year! It will provide an improved walking and riding link between the Lores Bonney Riverwalk and the inner city.

Providing a convenient, safe and accessible connection for all bridge users, the final design aims to complement the area’s unique heritage and landscape setting.

Would you like more information or want to see the final fly-through design in video? You can visit the button below for more information.
Learn more here
Final days of Homeless Connect donation drive
Homeless Connect brings together businesses and community groups at a one-day event and provides free services to people experiencing homelessness, or those at risk of homelessness.

You still have time to contribute to the donation drive for the May 2022 Homeless Connect event! Donate by bringing non-perishable food and toiletries to the ward office by May 6th. Note - Council cannot accept clothing donations for this event, take clothing donations to your local charity shop.

You can also donate your time and efforts to volunteering on the day! So if you're interested, visit the website on the button below for more info.
More information here
Free native plants program

Brisbane residential ratepayers and residential tenants can claim two free native plants each financial year (July to June). A residential property includes:

  • a stand-alone house
  • a unit in a duplex or dual occupancy
  • a unit in a townhouse complex or residential apartment building.

Owners of unit or townhouse properties must apply through their body corporate.

When claiming free plants on behalf of their property owner, residential tenants renting a free-standing house must provide written approval from the property owner or property manager. The approval must include:

  • the owner's name/s
  • full property address
  • rate account number
  • signed authorisation for the current financial year.

If the tenant is renting a unit or townhouse, their property owner or property manager must make the application via the body corporate. Rate notices from previous financial years are unable to be used to redeem unclaimed plants. Come down to the ward office with the above details to receive your voucher. If you would like more information, you can go to Council's website to find out what nursery to pick your plants up from and even find a helpful video on how to plant your new trees.

More information here
Brisbane Street Art Festival (BSAF)
From 7 May to 22 May walls, bridges, and buildings across the city are being turned into live canvases for the Brisbane Street Art Festival (BSAF) with local artists brightening public spaces with unique murals that will become permanent neighbourhood features.

See artists in action at mural paintings live across Brisbane and get involved in plenty of workshops and exhibitions at local galleries. Click the button below for more information.
More information here
Lord Mayor's City Hall Concerts
The Lord Mayor's City Hall Concerts book up quickly which just proves what fantastic performances are offered to Brisbane residents. In the coming weeks and months, there's a Seekers Tribute Concert and the sounds of Sinatra and Dorsey! Book now so you don't miss out!
See the shows on offer and book here
Crosby Road Bushcare Group
Join the Crosby Road Bushcare group this Sunday 1 May from 8am for their working bee. They will be continuing to plant through the area near the top of the stairs. If you would like further information please visit their Facebook page on the button below.

Please do not attend if you:
  • Have any COVID symptoms - fever, cough, tiredness, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, headache, aches and pains
  • Are currently isolating due to a positive COVID test
  • Are awaiting test results
  • Are considered a close contact of confirmed COVID case.
Remember to bring your hat, gloves and wear protective clothing.
Crosby Road Bushcare Facebook Page
Free media conversion station
The world of technology has evolved so rapidly that watching old home videos becomes problematic if you don't have a VHS player, or if you have film negatives that were never developed and are still sitting in a box.

You can now transfer all of these old memories for free with Council's media conversion station at two libraries in Brisbane. VHS tapes, floppy disks, historical documents, photographic prints, slides, audio cassettes or film negatives into digital files can now all be saved onto a USB stick or a portable hard drive!

Chermside and Carindale Libraries' media conversion stations are available now with library staff on hand to help you convert your items.
Book your session now
Voting open for QUBE Effect 2022
Voting is open for the People's Choice Award for the QUBE Effect 2022. Check out all 23 original music videos on Council's website and vote for your favourite by clicking on ‘vote’. 

Voting will close 4pm Wednesday 1 June 2022. The winners of all categories will be announced on Thursday 7 July 2022 at Brisbane Powerhouse. Click the button below to have your say!
Watch the music videos here
Coffee capsule recycling program
Did you know that the ward office is an aluminium coffee pod drop-off point for 'Nespresso' and similar brands?

Bring in those used coffee pods to the office where they will be recycled and put to good use!
2022 January - June GOLD programs available
The much loved GOLD Brochures are back for 2022! If you would like a booklet, simply come down and visit us at 42 Racecourse Road, so you can see all the exciting events planned up to the end of June!

You can also check out Council's website for all of the fun seniors in our city can have, just click the button below.
More information here
Have you downloaded the Brisbane App yet?

For Residents:
Experience Brisbane like never before with the new free Brisbane App powered by The Schrinner Council.

Discover the best of Brisbane's eateries, outdoor experiences and events not to be missed. The Brisbane App is your one-stop shop to find and plan everything Brisbane has to offer. Tailor your search based on your interests and location, or create and explore guides curated by locals to discover Brisbane's hidden gems.

Download now!

For Businesses:
The Brisbane App offers free promotion for local businesses to connect with more customers, helping our city’s economic recovery.

It’s quick and easy to sign-up and there are so many benefits.

  • It’s free – there are no sign-up costs or ongoing fees.
  • It’s easy – use it on the go and have control over what’s featured.
  • It’s effective – connect your business with thousands of potential new customers.

Hit the ‘Get started’ button now to add your business.

Get started now!
Log a pothole
Notice a pothole that needs filling?
Have you noticed a pothole on your way home that needs filling? The Council Call Centre take reports 24 hours a day. You will need to specify the pothole's exact location as this will help them know where to send the rapid response team to. You can call Council's call centre 24/7 on 3403 8888 or you can also log a report through Council's website on the button below.
Log a pothole
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Have a problem to report?

BCC Call Centre

Phone: 07 3403 8888
24 hours a day
7 days a week

 
This is the best contact method for issues such as potholes, rubbish bin problems, tree maintenance, trip hazards, dangerous dogs, lost property, stormwater drainage problems and public safety concerns.
Need to contact my office?

Hamilton Ward Office

Hours:  9am - 12:30pm, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Monday to Friday*
Phone: (07) 3403 1095
Email:
hamilton.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au
Address: 42 Racecourse Road, Hamilton QLD 4007
*Excludes public holidays
Do you run a business?

BCC Business Hotline

Hours:  24 hours a day
7 days a week
Phone: 133 BNE
(133 263)
This is a dedicated hotline to support business in Brisbane. Businesses can access information on a range of Council topics including licensing, development applications, business opportunities and procurement.
Community Corner

New Hamilton walking group

There is a new free community walking group now established in Hamilton – Hamilton Heart Helpers.
 
Volunteer Walk Organiser, Natasha, is keen to bring the community together through walking to improve their heart health. Walking is an activity that is great for mind, body and spirit, improving heart health and social connections in an active group setting.
 
Here are the details for her free walking group:
 
Group:          Hamilton Heart Helpers
When:           every Sunday at 8am
What:          30-45min slow-paced walk through Hamilton. Dog and pram friendly.  A great way to start the day and get to know your neighbours! 
Where:          Meet in Hercules Park, Remora Road, Hamilton  QLD  4007
Contact:        Walk Organiser – Natasha at n7487304@qut.edu.au
 
Free Dementia & Services Information Days
Alzheimer’s Queensland is holding seven Free Dementia & Services Information Days throughout Queensland. The events are to educate the ageing community on how to access the services they require to assist with their quality of daily living.

North Brisbane event details:
Date: 17/05/2022 9:30am – 3:00pm (Registration from 9:00am)
Venue: Aspley Hornets Club
To RSVP please email administration@alzqld.org.au or call 07 3422 3000 by 7 May.
Advise them of any dietary requirements upon RSVP.

Care Kits For Kids donations

The Hamilton Ward Office accepts donations for Care Kits for Kids, a not-for-profit organisation doing great work to make a difference in children's lives. 

New backpacks are filled with age-appropriate new donations of clothing, toiletries and educational items for distribution to government and non-government child protection services agencies, foster agencies, domestic violence agencies, and police child protection units to help support children in crisis or out-of-home. They also accept toys/teddies and quilted blankets.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so many items to Care Kits for Kids. If you would like to get involved, you can donate backpacks and any or all of the items listed above at my ward office. Visit their Facebook page with the button below to keep up to date with what items may be desperately needed each week.
Care Kits for Kids Facebook Page
Anti-theft screws

In order to help as many members of the community as possible to properly secure their vehicles’ registration plates, the North Brisbane District Crime Prevention Unit has developed packs containing anti-theft screws.

Anti-theft screws are a special type of ‘one-way’ screw that when used to attach your registration plate to your vehicle, can only be removed with a specially designed tool.

This special removal tool is not sold to members of the public and can only be used by police officers. With this simple step, you can save yourself the cost and trouble of having to replace stolen number plates.

If you are a North Brisbane resident, not only can you pick up free anti-theft screws from your local police station, but you can also order them online using a simple form. You can find out more information below.

More information here
Justice of the Peace (JP) services relocated
Since Toombul Shopping Centre is closed until further notice, the JP service has relocated.

They are now located at Nundah Library, 1 Bage Street (via Primrose Lane), Nundah
                       
Operating Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am – 12noon
Wednesday: 1pm – 3pm
Thursday/Friday/Saturday: 10am – 12noon

This is a free service and the volunteer team will continue to provide the same friendly and committed service for clients that was previously available at Toombul. They look forward to you visiting them for all your JP needs.
 
Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL)
Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL) is a not-for-profit group that provides in-home tuition on a one-on-one basis for seniors and over 50s who would like to become computer savvy and confident in using modern technology through volunteer mentors (tutors).

Be able to surf the internet safely, keep in touch with family and friends across the World and learn how to recognise and avoid scams. For more information contact Brisbane Seniors Online on 3393 2225 or www.bsol.asn.au.
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